DJ AM said his new MTV show, Gone Too Far, could be his redemption after struggles with food and drug addiction. But that goal came to a sudden end Friday with the celebrity DJ's death.
DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his New York City apartment. An autopsy has been performed by the New York Medical Examiner, but an official cause of death is inconclusive, pending additional toxicology and tissue tests, which could take several weeks, the medical examiner's office told TVGuide.com.
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A rep for Goldstein's MTV show, which was slated to begin airing in October, told TVGuide.com that no decision about the future of show has been made. Goldstein tweeted on the Tuesday before his death that filming for the show, which focused on helping young people overcome their addictions, had just wrapped in Connecticut.
At the Television Critics Association's summer press tour earlier this month, Goldstein described the new show as his second chance after surviving a plane crash with musical collaborator Travis Barker in September 2008. "There was no reason why I should have lived or that I lived and they didn't," he told MonstersandCritics.com after the panel. "It is something I struggle with every day, just kind of wondering. But I have realized I am never going to know. I am alive. I am here. I have another chance. So I have to do something better with my life this time."
Goldstein told MTV News that he easily related to the youths featured on the show. "I speak addict," he said. "I am one, and they, for the first time, they see someone who's sober, who made it out. I see myself in every single addict that I've done an episode on, and we can completely relate to one another."
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The show was produced by Ish Entertainment and Gigantic! Productions. Michael Hirschorn of Ish also said at TCA that Goldstein's past made him perfect for the show. "He was a guy who went through everything, and considered suicide and really hit absolute rock bottom," Hirschorn said. "And he is a person of incredible intelligence, integrity and passion and remarkable intensity who has literally been through everything. He was really someone who could come and talk to these kids on their level in a way that they are going to understand and respond to."
Goldstein's hope of redemption was indeed cut short, and ironically, his final tweet quoted lyrics from Grandmaster Flash that speak of dashed dreams: "New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems."
Watch video of DJ AM with Grandmaster Flash in our Online Video Guide